At least 11 women groped in Northwest DC this year

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WASHINGTON — Police are investigating a series of similar incidents in Northwest D.C. involving women who reported being groped by an unknown man.

According to police records, at least 11 victims have been approached on the street and groped since the start of 2018 in the Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom areas.

The latest incidents happened this past weekend in Dupont Circle.

On Saturday night, two victims were groped on 19th Street, police said.  About 30 minutes after the attacks, another victim was groped on R Street.

A couple days before those incidents, there were three other reports.

On Thursday night, two women were groped in Georgetown on R Street and Winfield Lane, police said. Another victim reported being groped in Foggy Bottom on 25th Street.

Investigators are not ready to say the same person is responsible for all the attacks, but they have said the cases “may be related as the descriptions of the suspect are similar.”

In most of the incidents, the suspect is described as a man with a light complexion who wore a “gray colored hoodie” or had a “hood over his face” during the attacks.

Police describe the incidents as “misdemeanor sexual abuse,” saying the suspect “engaged in sexual contact without the victims’ permission.”

Along with the reports from this past week, at least five other victims have reported being groped in Northwest D.C. over the past several months.

According to police records, there were four victims in April in the Georgetown and Foggy Bottom areas on O, K and N streets. The fifth attack happened in the Georgetown area in February on 39th Street.

Nearly all of the incidents have happened around midnight.

Nick Iannelli

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